Monday Habs Headlines: Jesperi Kotkaniemi earns high marks from his coach

Here are your daily links including there’s still work to be done, but Kotkaniemi has earned high marks so far, Price has his cake and eats it too, the Lindgren and McNiven bond, and more

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There are still many more strides to be made with Jesperi Kotkaniemi, but he’s earned high marks with Claude Julien so far. [NHL]
  • The special bond between Big Spicy and Little Spicy (aka Charlie Lindgren and Michael McNiven). [NHL]
  • Carey Price has his cake and eats it too after shutting out the Bruins on Saturday night while passing Patrick Roy on the Canadiens’ all-time win list. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Price appreciates a fan after the win in Boston/
  • So far this season, the Habs continue to work as a unit and listen to the challenges that their coach throws at them. [La Presse]
  • Even though the Habs seem to be gelling in many ways, there’s still work to be done in order to start mastering faceoffs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Andrew Zadarnowski joined The Weekend Gameplan to talk about the big victory over the Bruins and how Benn is improving while Reilly comes back down to earth. [TSN]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Get to know one of the NHL’s best, and most underappreciated, two-way players — Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov. [Sportsnet]
  • Sidney Crosby talks about growing up listening to Bob Cole... while sitting right next to Bob Cole. [Sportsnet]
  • Hockey players, fanatics, and developers discuss the lasting impact of NHL ‘94 and its quirky appeal 25 years later. [NHL]
  • Auston Matthews is expected to miss at least one game with a shoulder injury after a hit from Jacob Trouba on Saturday night. [NHL]/

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